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China GDP on minus 3.5%?

China is depleting the non-renewable aquifers of its northern plains at an alarming place, and faces a separate water crisis from receding Himalayan glaciers.

Cheng Siwei, the head of China’s green energy drive says the eco-damage of 13.5pc of GDP each year outstrips China’s growth rate of 10pc. “We have an intangible environmental debt that we are leaving to our children,” he said. That debt is already due.

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